Train to finally Arrive Soon at Jakarta Airport

Indonesia, Jakarta, airport, train system

State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II conducted at the end of last week an operational test on Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s forthcoming skytrain service that will connect Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The airport’s skytrain connecting Terminal 2 with Terminal 3 has been in operation since September.

“The test focused on a simulation in running the skytrain and included required verification from the regulator,” Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said last week.

The simulation will continue to run for another week before the Ministry of Transportation’s railway directorate general approves a permit for full-time service.

“We expect the skytrain connecting Terminal 1 and 2 to be fully operational by the middle of this month,” he added.

The government is also developing another railway link that will connect Jakarta’s largest airport to the city’s downtown district. The expected train line is due to open to the public by November 25.

State railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) welcomed last August the first train and some set to operate as an airport train connecting the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten to two stations in Jakarta.

A total of 10 trains will be operated along the airport railway, each able to transport up to 270 passengers per trip. A one-way ticket has been fixed to a price of 100,000 Rupiah (7.40 US dollar), a relatively cheap fare as the airport is 36 km away from Jakarta city centre.

The airport train will depart from Manggarai Station in South Jakarta, stopping at Sudirman Baru, Duri, and Batu Ceper before reaching Soekarno-Hatta Train Station. A single journey is expected to take around 54 minutes, costing passengers IDR75,000-IDR100,000 (US$5.55 – US$7.40) depending on the departure station. The train service will then be relatively slow but still avoiding any traffic jam in town.

PT Railink estimates that the airport train will be able to carry 33,000 passengers daily in 124 trips.

“With an integrated transportation system, we can provide better service and thus this airport can conform to international standards,” Awaluddin said.